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Deadly Friend (1986)

Matthew Labyorteaux , Kristy Swanson , Wes Craven  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Labyorteaux, Kristy Swanson, Michael Sharrett, Anne Twomey, Anne Ramsey
  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Writers: Bruce Joel Rubin, Diana Henstell
  • Producers: Patrick Kelley, Robert Crawford Jr., Robert M. Sherman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deadly Friend" on IMDb

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A terrifying tale about a lonely teenage genius whose overwhelming love for a young girl compels him to use all of his scientific knowledge to keep her with him.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars basketball + head = great moment in 80s horror September 23, 2007
contrary to what wes craven says about it in interviews, DEADLY FRIEND is not his worst film and is not that bad a film, period. i have always enjoyed it and am surprised at how disturbing the story actually is. and the tacked-on ending is no dumber than the tacked-on ending of craven's original NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. bottom line, DEADLY FRIEND contains one of the coolest and most original kills i can remember from any 80s horror film: a character's head gets obliterated by a flying basketball! fans of this underrated gem will no doubt rejoice in being able to view that scene frame-by-frame now that it's on DVD.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wes Craven's Short Circuit March 1, 2008
In discussions about Wes Craven's career, Deadly Friend isn't usually brought up(then again neither is Chiller or Deadly Blessing). In fact, most folks probably don't remember that he even made the movie(like Swamp Thing). While it doesn't quite achieve classic status like some of his other films, it's rather fun. Until recently, I haven't seen this film since about 1988 or so(on HBO of course). The plot concerns a teenage genius, Paul, who has created a robot with artificial intelligence. He also teaches at the local college. He falls for his next door neighbor, Sam(Kristy Swanson), who ends up severely brain damaged and ultimately killed by her abusive father. Earlier in the film, Paul's robot, BB, was blown to smithereens by the neighborhood's lunatic old lady(Anne Ramsey from The Goonies and Throw Momma From The Train), so Paul has a handy dandy robot brain lying around. In true mad scientist fasion he brings back Sam with BB's brain. Of course we all know that when this stuff happens in movies nothing goes as smooth as planned. The merged brains of BB and Sam go on a killing spree of everyone that ever wronged them(there was some BB bullying early in the film). Paul tries to hide Sam from his mother and keep her in line with a remote control, but it all becomes to big for him to handle. Plus, his buddy is about to squeal to the fuzz. Interestingly the movie actually plays out better than the silly concept would have you believe. Make no mistake, some of it is quite funny, but in Craven's hands it's handled about as well as this Weird Science/Re-Animator hybrid could be handled. Swanson has never been one of my favorite actresses, but she does a good job with the blank stares and robotic movements(the credits state she had a mime coach). Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kristy Swanson - for the children of the 80's January 18, 2006
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Watching Kristy Swanson on 'Skating with Celebrities' on Fox got me trying to remember 'What was the hoakey movie that Kristy starred in back in the 80's?' Sure enough, I managed to remember Deadly Friend.

I don't think that this movie should be taken as a serious horror movie. There are definitely some intense scenes that earned the R rating. This is a classic movie of the 80's. Made in the same age of robot movies that spawned Short Circuit, Runaway, etc. It was an interesting idea for a movie. Not quite a 5 star, but one for those who collect movies of the 1980 decade.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WEIRD SCIENCE meets SHORT CIRCUIT on ELM STREET. May 18, 2005
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Neurology and artificial intelligence nerd Paul moves to a new town to attend college. He brings along his homemade robot BB. BB seems pretty cool, but he has some deep seeded anger issues. Paul's thrilled to meet his sexy new neighbor Kristy Swanson, but not so thrilled about her abusive father. During an innocent Halloween prank they think it'd be funny to ring the doorbell of the cranky old lady across the street. Bad idea. As soon as Kristy gets up on the porch the old bat charges outside and kills BB with a shotgun. A short time later Kristy's dad beats her to death. I think you can see where this is going. That's right. Zombie robot.

You would think that since Paul is a teenager he would turn his new zombie robot girlfriend into a pleasure unit, but he's doesn't even have time for that because as soon as she wakes up she goes on a killing spree. Including one of the greatest kills in the history big studio movies: the basketball scene. Anybody who saw this movie as a kid knows what an unexpected shocker that was.

As entertainment I liked DEADLY FRIEND. It seemed like it had its heart in the right place, but at the same time it seemed kinda uneven. Like it was going in too many directions at once. Interesting premise for a story, alright acting, nice simple look to it, surprising violence, weak science, zero nudity. Honestly I wouldn't mind see a remake of the story. Worth a single watch at least.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To put it simply, an '80's Teen Frankenstein February 16, 2010
A teenage genius named Paul (Matthew Laborteaux) moves into a new town with his single mother and typical '80's robot of his own design, BB. He makes a friend right away in a paperboy named Tom, and also discovers he's one of those lucky movie characters who has moved in next door to a teen angel, this one named Samantha Pringle (Kristy Swanson). Paul soon finds he has his hands full, between his increasingly intelligent and aggressive robot and constantly abused by her father love interest. Robot BB doesn't last long, thanks to some less than friendly neighbors, so the focus soon shifts more towards the beautiful and sweet Samantha, who is probably one of the most sympathetic characters ever put on film, and if you have trouble watching extreme adorableness suffer continuously, you may have trouble watching "Deadly Friend". This is the tragic story of teenage love ended all too soon and brought back in the style of Mary Shelly, with a modern twist!

Now, if you've seen "Deadly Friend" already, you may scoff at my awarding it 5 stars. But, as I often have to remind people, 5 stars means "I Love It", according to, not "It's a masterpiece of filmmaking", and I do love "Deadly Friend". Why? Well, first, it IS just an updated Frankenstein story, but that's a great story. This is an '80's take, but it's not overwhelmingly '80's like your typical teen '80's film. It manages to not be all that dated, aside from the look of the robot that is so reminiscent of so many movies from the time. But I think the main reason this movie endears itself to so many is that Kristy Swanson is such a sweetheart in it. It's so successful as a tragedy because Samantha is a character you really fall in love with and wish you could save.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A man, his friend and his toys.
I just watched this after not seeing it since the 80s. And, it did not disappoint. This was my type of horror film. Classic 80s score, blood, screams and creepy mean old people. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by JCookie
5.0 out of 5 stars a cheesy 80s horror film
very good kinda corny kristy swanson is a cutie and bb is a menice. the lady from throw mamma from the train is her bitchy self a classic
Published 3 months ago by martyrs fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Friend DVD
Have watched a little of this DVD and so far it has not been entertaining enough to keep me interested to this point. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jimmy C.
3.0 out of 5 stars From the director of A Nightmare on Elm Street
From the director of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET(Wes Craven); DEADLY FRIEND is a terrifying science fiction horror flick tale about a lonely teenage genius Paul Conway(Matthew... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Bad movie night!
Okay so its the perfect bad movie for a "bad movie night" at your home. Its so bad its laughable--but so good enough watchable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Stella
2.0 out of 5 stars It was not very exciting, but it was a good idea
It was not very exciting in its execution and the acting is sub-par. But it was a good story and the robot was kind of cute.
Published 7 months ago by Allison Megroet
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
This is a fun film that I injoyed.One of my favorites now,I've always loved cheesy movies like this Barbarella and many others. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mixture of Terror and Horror With Quite a Bit of Eerieness
Somewhere I've read the plot-oh,yes-on Goggle! I even saw the images,and image showed Samantha throwing a basketball at this lady's head-causing it to explode!! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gorgeous LaRue Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars deadly friend
From the mind of Wes Craven ( A Nightmare on Elm Street ) comes a movie about a robot that gets ruined and the owner of the robot's best friend dies so he re - animates her using... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jack's bookshelf
5.0 out of 5 stars deadly friend
this move was another favorite of mine glad that I was able to find it after all these years. Recommend to all slasher nuts like me!!
Published 11 months ago by stoneyloc
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